Location: Hepburn Springs, Victoria
Project type: Residential/ Sustainable design
Status: Completed 2005
In this challenging project, complex geometric principals were employed to create a unique and spectacular home. The client had sourced a geodesic dome ‘kit’ with a view to building it on a steep, heavily treed, off-the-grid ‘bush block’ (with no connected services) in central Victoria.
Refencing Le Corbusier’s earlier houses and his concept of the Tabula Rasa, a base structure was designed to enable the dome to be built on the slope. The interior design was based on a series of linked platforms, over which the dome formed a ‘lid’. At the top of the dome, a telescope viewing platform was installed, with the dome’s apex (a pentagon) hinging open like a spacecraft door. Stunning triangular windows appear randomly scattered over the dome, allowing views to the sky.
Passive and active solar design principals were applied to create a fully self-sufficient residence, that still met the council environmental overlay regulations. Grey-water trenches utilising nearby reed ponds were installed, along with a compost toilet and a standalone solar energy system.